BGA: Counting to three

A pattern is emerging in this morning’s BGA. Not the pattern of abject terribleness which is apparent to all, but more one which reflects the roots of the Jets performance being found in an inability to do even the most simple things.

On four occasions, Breno Giacomini came out of his stance a beat ahead of his teammates. A couple of times, this was as the ball was being snapped rather than after it was snapped, but either way it still meant the line was out of synch and he looked like he false started. He got away with it once, but was flagged for two false starts. The other time it happened was even more damaging. Mario Williams just stood up and pointed at him, appealing for a flag so Giacomini went to block down on Kyle Williams who was already on his knees after having been cut down by Willie Colon. Mario then went ahead and rushed the quarterback and was able to pick up a sack.

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BGA: Drop the Mike

We’re sifting through the wreckage this morning with the black box recorder of Flight 3-38 from Buffalo to Detroit. Our positional review begins with a look at the quarterbacks.

You might think after airing my grievances with an extended rant in part one that I’ve got that out of my system and will take a more measured approach to the positional analysis.

Guess again.

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BGA: Breaking Bad

Welcome to BGA! We’ll be here the day after every Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We’ll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out. We’ll also post a summary with links to all the articles later on today.

Let’s move on to discuss yesterday’s game…

What was that?

I had a feeling going into this game that it was going to be a tough game for the Jets but I never envisaged them being 35 points worse than the Bills. Well, not until the game started and it became immediately apparent that the Jets were going to be second-best in all facets of the game.

And they were 35 points worse than the Bills. Every bit of that. This wasn’t one of those blowouts where the Jets fell behind due to a couple of bad breaks and then the scoreline ended up flattering the opposition because they lacked the tools to get back into the game. Instead it underlines how the team is unwilling, unprepared or unable to compete as soon as they face any adversity. And if that adversity comes early in the game, a blowout loss is sure to follow.

For the Jets, the Bills should be a cautionary tale. Four times AFC champions in the mid-nineties, they saw the nucleus of that team gradually fade away and when the team suffered a heart-breaking loss in the 1999 postseason, it plunged them into a hole they’ve yet to climb out of. They haven’t been to the postseason since and even though things are looking up for them right now, they still aren’t all the way back and probably won’t make it this year either. A 15-year playoff drought is something that could happen to this Jets organization if they don’t figure out how to get the wheels back on the wagon.

For now, the losing culture has taken hold and that’s what can lead to such a listless performance against a team which, on paper, wouldn’t have been considered as having more talent than the Jets. However, the top-to-bottom ineptness runs rampant through this team right now.

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Game Recap: Bills 38 – Jets 3

Result: The Jets (2-9) were blown out by the Bills (6-5) on Monday night in Detroit.



Need to know: After the Jets went three-and-out to open the game, Buffalo put together a 10-play drive that was capped off with a 7-yard TD reception by Robert Woods as Buffalo took a 7-0 lead. The Jets’ third drive stalled in the red zone, and they settled for a field goal that cut the deficit to 7-3.

To finish a drive aided by a pair of pass interference penalties on the Jets, Scott Chandler reeled in a 19-yard TD pass as Buffalo extended its lead to 14-3 with under a minute to go in the second quarter.

After a 53-yard field goal by Buffalo made it 17-3 early in the third quarter, the Bills blocked a Jets punt and recovered in the end zone to increase their lead to 24-3 and put the game away.

Michael Vick struggled mightily, completing 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards and an interception before Geno Smith took over for him midway through the third quarter.

DE Mo Wilkerson exited the game with a toe injury in the second quarter.

TE Jace Amaro left the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury.


Links: AP recap | Box score


What’s Next: The Jets host the Dolphins next Monday night at 8:30.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This game was an abomination. The Jets had some recent success two weeks ago against the Steelers, but there was no carry-over against a Bills team that was snowed in and playing a home game on a neutral field.

Another season and another rusty team coached by Rex Ryan coming out of the bye. Ryan now falls to 1-5 coming off the bye with the Jets.

After everything we’ve seen so far from the Jets this season, this might be the worst of their three “no show” games (at San Diego, Buffalo, at Buffalo) by the team; the defense had no answers for Kyle Orton and Robert Woods much of the night. Special teams also had a bad night getting a punt blocked and recovered for a score in the end zone. Mike Vick looked as if he had given up even before he was benched by the Jets during the second half in favor of Geno Smith.

The worst thing was that the run game (excluding Vick and Geno) seemed to be working well and as is Marty Mornhinweg’s wont, he refused to use it, even though it was the thing that was clearly working the best for the Jets. The Jets averaged 5.7 yards per rush with their running backs, but the league’s fifth best rushing attack ran the ball a criminal 15 times with their running backs.

Maybe it is too early to judge, but for now it seems that any goodwill the Jets win over the Steelers might have bought was quickly erased tonight in the Jets humiliating loss to the Bills.

After the game, Rex declined to say who will start at quarterback going forward and it might not much matter. There were reports just last week about the Jets having already turned the page on Geno Smith, and the coaching staff seems to be awaiting their doom. Should the Jets move away from Rex Ryan, barring a miracle it seems unlikely that a new coach would be willing to wager their future on Geno Smith or Mike Vick.


Wilkerson exits game with toe injury

DE Muhammad Wilkerson exited Monday night’s game in the second quarter after injuring his toe. He will not return.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The defensive line was a different unit with Wilkerson out and the game spiraled even more quickly once he was not able to go.  The rest of the line was still able to pressure Orton, but the center of the line was not able to maintain the push and anchor that it normally can when Wilkerson is in the game.

Wilkerson’s injury is something we will watch very closely in the coming days.  Hopefully it won’t be anything too serious for Wilkerson and bringing him to the sideline was more preventative than anything else.  If there are updates we’ll be sure to keep you informed.

Tonight’s Game: Jets at Bills (in Detroit)

Game: The Jets are in Detroit to take on the Bills in a rescheduled and moved game on Monday night.


Time: The game will air at 7 p.m. on CBS.


Injuries/Inactives: G Dakota Dozier, QB Matt Simms, RB Bilal Powell, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, LB Ikemefuna Enemkpali, OL Wesley Johnson

Bills: FB Frank Summers, TE MarQueis Gray, LB Randell Johnson, OL Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Jarius Wynn, DE Bryan Johnson


Previous Meetings: The two teams met in October, with the Bills winning 43-23. Michael Vick took over for Geno Smith after Smith threw three interceptions in the first quarter. Vick then turned the ball over three times — an interception and two fumbles lost.


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Jets fans making the trip to Detroit

Jets fans are showing up in Detroit before the team’s rescheduled and moved game against the Bills.


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